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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 12 — Jun. 8, 2009
  • pp: 9648–9661

The role of nanoparticle shapes and deterministic aperiodicity for the design of nanoplasmonic arrays

Carlo Forestiere, Giovanni Miano, Svetlana V. Boriskina, and Luca Dal Negro  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 12, pp. 9648-9661 (2009)

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In this paper, we study the role of nanoparticle shape and aperiodic arrangement in the scattering and spatial localization properties of plasmonic modes in deterministic-aperiodic (DA) arrays of metal nanoparticles. By using an efficient coupled-dipole model for the study of the electromagnetic response of large arrays excited by an external field, we demonstrate that DA structures provide enhanced spatial localization of plasmonic modes and a higher density of enhanced field states with respect to their periodic counterparts. Finally, we introduce and discuss specific design rules for the engineering and optimization of field enhancement and localization in DA arrays. Our results, which we fully validated by rigorous Generalized Mie Theory (GMT) and transition matrix (T-matrix) theory, demonstrate that DA arrays provide a robust platform for the design of a variety of novel optical devices with enhanced and controllable plasmonic fields.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures
(240.6695) Optics at surfaces : Surface-enhanced Raman scattering

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: March 26, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 1, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 6, 2009
Published: May 26, 2009

Carlo Forestiere, Giovanni Miano, Svetlana V. Boriskina, and Luca Dal Negro, "The role of nanoparticle shapes and deterministic aperiodicity for the design of nanoplasmonic arrays," Opt. Express 17, 9648-9661 (2009)

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